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Letters to Meniere's Disease

A global project, raising money and awareness to find a cure for Meniere’s Disease ©2023

Lilly Pilly Publishing, in partnership with Julieann Wallace, Heather Davies, Steve Schwier & Anne Elias,

is proud to invite you to submit letters and artwork for a most inspiring, and satisfyingly revengeful book, 
 

Letters to Meniere’s Disease. 

What would you say to Meniere’s disease in a letter?

 

Anything goes in this collection of letters. Would you give it a piece of your mind? Would you thank someone? Would you thank Meniere’s disease for a new career pathway, or for helping you discover a talent you never would have found? Have you had funny moments?

 

We’re looking for letters and artwork that are humorous, quirkysoul-stirringgritty, raw and angry
Dig deep and write from your heart

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Your Letter

Is it Meniere’s disease in general you would address your letter to, or is there a particular symptom that you would like to address it to:

 

  • Dear Meniere’s Disease,

  • Dear Vertigo,

  • Dear Hearing Loss,

  • Dear Brain Fog,

  • Dear Left Ear, etc

 

Is it a letter to yourself, before you were diagnosed with Meniere’s disease.

What would you say?

  • Dear Me, etc

 

Is it a letter to your family, or children?

  • To My Dearest Children,

  • To My Beloved,

  • To Mum & Dad,

 

Letter guidelines:

 

  • Word document – times new roman, size 12

  • Word count – up to 250 words maximum

  • Sign your letter with either your first name, pen name, or made up funky name – your choice, and add how long you have had Meniere's disease for.

 

You might compose your letter as a poem, a prayer, or a song. Be as creative as you like!

The collection of letters to Meniere’s Disease will be collated, edited, and beautifully bound

as a hard cover print book, soft cover print book, and eBook.  

Profits will be donated to Meniere’s Research to help find a cure

– multiple organisations for the donations will be chosen by the publishing team.

Your Artwork

We’re also looking for artwork relating to Meniere’s disease to include in the collection of letters:

 

  • Portrait orientation

  • A5 (14.8 x 21cm or 5.8 x 8.3 in)

  • Digital or traditional mediums, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography etc.

Guidelines:

Entries open on 1st February 2023 and close at 9pm on 31st March 2023

 

For letters:

  • Letters must be emailed to lillypillypublishing@outlook.com

  • Please add Letters to Meniere’s disease in the subject of the email

  • Attach your entry as a Word doc. Please include your name and email address to your letter (this won't be included in the book, it's just so we know who the letter is from for future reference) 

  • International submissions are welcome, but must be in English

  • If you are offered publication in the collection of letters, you must agree to have your work professionally edited (punctuation, spelling) if required, at no charge to you

  • If you are not offered publication for this book, another opportunity may come up in the future. We value all contributions 

  • Authors retain full copyright on work

 

For Artwork:

  • Portrait orientation

  • A5 (14.8 x 21cm or 5.8 x 8.3 in)

  • Digital or traditional medium - drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography etc

  • Final artwork scanned or photographed and sent as an attached .jgp file (300 dpi would be great)

  • Artwork must be emailed to lillypillypublishing@outlook.com as a jgp file

  • Please add Art for letters to Meniere’s disease in the subject of the email

  • Please include your name, address in the body of the email (this won't be included in the book, it's just so we know who the letter is from for future reference)

  • International submissions are welcome

  • illustrators retain full copyright of artwork

Let’s make an impact to help those with Meniere's disease, and for research to find a cure. 

Lilly Pilly Publishing

 

Meet the Team

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Julieann Wallace was diagnosed with Meniere's in 1995. In 2020 she received a cochlear implant. She is the author of a best selling novel with a Meniere's character, 'The Colour of Broken', twice longlisted to be made into a movie, the sequel, 'All the Colours Above', the Daily Meniere's Journal, and 'It Will Change Your Life ~ a cochlear implant journey'. 'Vanilla Swirl' and 'Blueberry Swirl' are picture books written for children who have a parent who is unwell. Julieann is currently working on her 9th novel. She donates 100% of profits from the sales of her books to Meniere's research to help find a cure, and has donated over $7,500 so far. Julieann is also a secondary teacher, artist, chocoholic, tea ninja, and tries not to scare her cat away with her terrible cello playing.

julieannwallaceauthor.com    Blog – My Shadow – Meniere's (wordpress.com)

https://www.instagram.com/myshadow_menieres/    https://www.instagram.com/julieann_wallace_author

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Heather  was diagnosed with Meniere's and Vestibular Migraine in 2017, soon after she became a VeDA Ambassador to help bring awareness to vestibular disorders.   In early 2022,  Heather began the Meniere’s Muse podcast for Vestibular Warriors to share their personal journeys, in hopes that the power of connection will give hope and inspiration to others living with vestibular disorders. She believes together we find our strength by empowering each other to move forward in our journeys, by learning to lean on and support one another so no one feels alone.

Podcast can be found on most major platforms  https://open.spotify.com/show/3QVGI6zDyTrwjRQJ14mYuD

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/menieresmuse/

Website https://menieresmuse.wordpress.com/  

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Steve Schwier was diagnosed with Meniere's in 2012. In the month of September, 2020, Steve Schwier rode an e-bike 1,400 miles from Denver, Colorado to Columbus, Ohio to bring awareness to Meniere’s Disease. His difficult and grueling ride is chronicled in his memoir, “On the Vertigo: One Sick Man’s Journey to Make a Difference”. His ride raised more than $10,000, all of which went to Meniere’s Disease awareness and research. Steve is the founder of On the Vertigo Org - a non-profit seeking to provide community and support to those with Meniere's Disease while raising awareness and funding for research.

Instagram: @onthevertigo

Facebook: Meniere’s: On the Vertigo

On the Vertigo.org

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Anne Elias was diagnosed with Meniere's in 2015. She had no idea what Meniere's disease was then, but soon learnt, and decided to start a support group that same year. The Sydney Meniere's Support has been a wonderful success. Anne is also the instigator of Zoom Webinars for Meniere's disease. For each of the Webinars, she invites professionals from the area of Meniere's disease to give positive sources of information and crucial connections.  

 

Meniere's Support Group - Dizzy Anne - YouTube    Events (sydneymenieressupportgroup.com)

Sydney Meniere's Support Group

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